Community Projects, Public Events

Historic Garden Week

Staunton’s Tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open for the Tour:

1431 Parkersburg Turnpike, Swoope, VA 24479

76 North Mtn Road, Swoope, VA 24479

1707 Glebe School Road, Swoope, VA 24479

396 Summerdean Road, Middlebrook, VA 24459

80 McKinley Road, Middlebrook, VA 24459

The beauty of the western Shenandoah Valley is legendary, and this tour showcases five beautiful properties amidst one of the prettiest landscapes in Virginia. Each offers its own distinctive character, from a stream side log cabin and a converted and expanded historic one room schoolhouse, to several contemporary homes designed for modern living; each takes advantage of its beautiful rural setting. The properties include charming gardens, distinctive outbuildings — and scenic views that are well worth the drive alone. Plan to set aside several hours to enjoy these gorgeous homes and mountain vistas. The tour headquarters is located in the restored log structures at the Inn at MeadowCroft, 331 Glebe School Road, Swoope, VA.


Advance $30 per person online at Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Day of Tour $40 per person (cash or check only) at tour headquarters.

Historic Garden Week of Virginia

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Each spring, The Garden Club of Virginia welcomes visitors to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

how it helps

Proceeds from the statewide event fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth. Since the first statewide tour, over $17 million has been contributed to these worthwhile causes.

Other projects
In 1935, Staunton’s City Manager James C. Ruff aspired to make Staunton the dogwood capital of Virginia to rival Washington, D.C.’s reputation for their cherry blossoms.
The Rawlinson Collection memorializes a former member who was not only an able gardener but also editor for many years of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Garden Gossip.
As a part of its effort to promote and create public awareness of conservation in the Staunton and Augusta County area, the Augusta Garden Club initiated a series of signs to educate the public about the Lewis Creek Watershed.